Stripped of their birthright and shunned by the people of Ashlund, Una and her family are forced to live on the fringe of society as Scavengers. There is no question that her family’s bond is strong, but the law of the Authority is stronger…and soon it will come to collect her. After all, the family is on borrowed time already.
When a night of torment and truth reveals well-kept secrets, Una takes new freedoms – free from the Authority, her family, and possibly her fate. Pulled between the life she’s always known and a world where status and rituals are everything, Una struggles to understand a culture that has rejected all she holds dear. As Atchem comes to an end and she learns who she really is, will Una find the courage to do what it takes to ensure her family’s survival, or will she find the faith to follow her heart?
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Scavenger Girl grabbed my interest from the beginning and it never slowed down. The world that Jennifer Arnston has built is cruel and violent. Those who have a birthright are naive in many ways but accepting of so many vicious traditions, it’s heartbreaking to read at times.
Una is the main character. She lives with her parents and two brothers and she dreads the day that she has to leave. Since she doesn’t have a birthright, she’ll most likely be sold if she’s not taken from her family by the Authority before then for…who knows what. The apprehension she feels is constant and is portrayed well. I was right there with her feeling her pain. And then there’s the guilt she feels!
Scavenger Girl is full of loyalty, betrayal, lies, true love and more. I usually finish one book and move on to the next but this was one of those rare books that I had to take a short break because Una’s world is still on my mind. The story ends at a good point but I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
About the Author
Author, dreamer, and sworn enemy of Caillou
Jennifer Arntson has a long history of crafting tales that people find unbelievable, but often true. As an observer of human and social development through the ages, a curiosity of faith, and dedication to the underprivileged of the developing world, Jennifer finds her creative outlet in stories and fables. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two children, and a mini-farm of otherwise useless animals where the family eagerly caters to their every need.
(characters) @Una_Ashlund @Cal_of_Ashlund @Mar_of_Ashlund
Scavenger Girl Season of Atchem ISBN 978-0-9994-133-0-2